Caltrans will temporarily close U.S. Highway 50 at Echo Summit for up to two weeks from mid-to-late April until early-to-mid May. The closure is part of the first stage of a safety enhancement project that will remove damaged rock walls and replace them with a barrier that meets current safety standards. The closure dates may be changed, depending on weather conditions in the Sierra.
Motorists should allow one hour extra travel time during the temporary full closure to reach South Lake Tahoe. Two alternate routes will be available:
In Sacramento: Exit at Power Inn Road and take Highway 16 to Highway 49 to Highway 88 to Highway 89 and back to Highway 50.
In Placerville: Exit at Missouri Flat Road and take Highway 49 South to Highway 88 to Highway 89 and back to Highway 50.
Caltrans has launched a website featuring up-to-date information about the project and alternate routes: www.Way2Tahoe.com